Well I gave you a whole taste of the house as it stood when we got the keys in our hands HERE. So much has changed and been updated since we moved in 2 months ago, so slowly but surely I'll be sharing all the progress.
So without further ado, a little refresher of where this room started...
Dingy cream-colored walls, dirty beige carpeting and an oddly placed (and oddly hung) mirror made this space really...BLAH!
There's that glorious not-quite-Spartan-green accent wall. This family must have had boys...
Turning this green wall white was a challenge...but Valspar Optimus paint to the rescue!
The coolest things about this room when we moved in? The totally tricked-out closet organizers and the promise of hardwood floor under the carpet.
First things first we painted. Taking out the green accent wall for favor of an...accent ceiling? Yes. I know. Sounds weird that we would paint the ceiling. I've got a post brewing about why we chose the colors we did but to address why we painted the ceiling, well, why not?
But the real reason? Cedella wanted the room to be bright and colorful and she LOVED Pantone's color of the year Radiant Orchid. But can you imagine an entire room in Radiant Orchid? Or worse yet, just one wall?
A friend asked if I was anti-accent wall. And I'm not in theory. There's something about a really dark statement wall with carefully hung art or a really large piece of furniture (hello antique four poster curtained bed!) against it is just lovely and so design-y.
But I just didn't get the 'accent' of this wall in this space. Maybe with the furniture and bedding everything made sense. Did I mention there was also a bright blue accent wall in the other bedroom? Yea...weird.
So being that it's a shared room, with tons of furniture, the idea was to bring a bold color into the room without overwhelming it or making it feel like a cave. And Sherry from Young House Love did a similar ceiling in her daughter's room so it must be design-y and cool, right?
Here's what it looked right after we finished painting and just finished pulling up the carpet. Isn't it lovely?
And this is what it looks like today. Just a spot of color at the top of the room, keeping the room grounded but still fun and bright for two playful little ladies.
Sadly for me, the hunter green mini blinds are still really throwing things off for me. But they are on the list to eventually get switched out.
I knew I wanted to do matching beds in here, but finding beds was a nightmare. I scored a really great Jenny Lind-style headboard at a garage sale but it's Full size and we needed Twins. I searched high and low for cool (not-80's) brass headboards, to no avail. But the stars aligned as my baby sister Kylara was graduating high school and finally decided to give up her twin bunk beds in her room. SCORE!
I love the classic clean lines and the size of them, substantial but not massive. They fit perfectly as they are for now and when the girls are big enough they can easily become bunk beds.
One of the most fun aspects of the room was choosing the bedding. I LOVE these PBTeen Ikat Duvet covers. The second I saw them I knew I had to have them. So bright and graphic. And that hint of Radiant Orchid along with all the other fun pops of color? Such a treat in a primarily white room. Instead of going with the matching shams I opted for a colorful paisley pillow case. Their room is just too fun and not stuffy enough for matching shams.
Cedella's Bed. Elmo and Scabbers (her beloved Ikea rat stuffy) look right at home on the PBTeen Duvet.
Izzie's Bed. Complete with my childhood name pillow and Flippy Too (that's Flippy's little sister).
Another fun task was putting together the nightstand area. We had this nightstand on hand from our old guest room. It was a yellowish-creamy color, with a dark brown base and hideous hardware. I gave it a fresh coat of white paint and some pretty new knobs and VOILA! A brand new shared nightstand for around $15 (the cost of hardware and a bit of paint)!
The lamp was a score from Target. Tracey and I were out shopping and found that really pretty gourd base and this awesome pink and gold chevron shade. Sadly, they were not being sold together. I'll never tell how but we found a way to buy both and I think they work perfectly together.
The whole vignette looks perfect with some of their collection of Baby Lit Classic board books, doesn't it? Love those books.
Just at the end of Isora's bed is the dress-up closet I made them for this past Christmas, a wire toy basket from Target that holds extra dress up clothes, the white vinyl midcentury rocking chair I bought from Craigslist while pregnant with Cedella and a sweet vintage quilt bought at an antique shop up north last summer.
Notice the shelves and other hanging things on top of the closet? Yea...we haven't hung anything up in the room yet.
And the piece de resistance...the ombre dresser. Lovingly painted by yours truly. More on this in a DIY post tomorrow on the blog...
Pay no attention to the unstyling that's happening on top of this pretty piece. OR to the diaper bin that is no longer in use!
Speaking on un-styling. This is Cedella's idea of a perfect vignette for her bookshelf. All. The. Things. It's all a bit too much but it is her stuff so I have to let it be. For now.
Notice that sweet little pink deer container? Just scored that at a garage sale!
Another sweet little item? A step stool that Cedella's Jiddo John (my FIL) made for her that we painted Radiant Orchid to match the room. It helps her get into her Big Big Girl Bed.
And last but not least this giant closet. I really loved the wood doors to begin with but now I find them so cumbersome and potentially finger-crushing. These are coming down and getting replaced by a DIY curtain project I have in the works...
Anyways the doors need to come down so you can see ALL this beauty in here. Enough pink, ya think?
There you have it folks. The Girls' Room as it stands now. Obviously there is still a ton of work to be done. Here's the short list:
1. Take down closet doors and hang curtain rod & curtains.
2. Remove that last weird bit of carpet under the closet door.
3. HANG ART & DECOR ON THE WALLS! (That really should be #1)
4. Change out the dated white/brass ceiling fan.
5. New shades and curtains for the windows.
6. Throw pillows!!
7. Rugs for the floor.
8. Style the dresser and book shelf.
Slowly but surely it's coming together. At this rate I'll have this room complete just in time for them to ask for it to be changed into something else!
What do you think? What are your least favorite or most favorite aspects? Would you ever paint an Accent Ceiling? More importantly where do you stand on Accent Walls?